WEARINESS


WEARINESS

Today I listened to the voices of several mothers as they expressed themselves about having a family member involved in a criminal justice encounter. They sounded beaten down, lonely and emotionally drained. Their voices represent the plight of millions of other American families. We have become a nation of captives very similar to the exiles of Israel and Judea who were held in Babylon. Given our sins and transgressions we have become a people divided against each other, willing to see the apparent faults in our neighbor’s lives, but unwilling to see our own helplessness. While those of us who recognize the problem seem to be few at this time, we are not a people without spiritual resources.
God is still sitting on the throne and He hears the cries of His people. We are not alone nor are we abandoned. We humbly meet to petition our God for His mercy, grace and forgiveness. As we assemble to support each other and untie our prayers corporately, we believe that our efforts are just the beginning of a mighty outpouring of His love for us. Scripture clearly teaches us about the faithfulness of our God. There has always been a remnant of believers who cling to His word as truth. God is neither blind nor deaf to our suffering and shame. Nor will God be mocked by those who live out their lives as the sole arbiters of their personal destinies. Though we are few, we will not be shaken in our beliefs or the practice of our faith.
Each family member represented by this membership is symbolic of millions of souls struggling in spiritual bondage. As the spiritual shackles are broken through deliverance and prayer, we will seek the restoration of families and the healing of our nation. As a broken people we observe that God is sovereign and that He is always faithful to His word. We are not the first people to struggle with such overwhelming burdens, nor will we be the last to stagger under the consequences of our actions. But we know that God welcomes a repentant heart and a tender spirit. The Bible is filled with stories about countless people who have struggled under the weight of their own sins and trespasses. And even more examples of His deliverance.
What we know is that God is merciful and attentive to the prayers of His children. We know that we are engaged in a desperate battle for the lives of those we love. We know that we are not alone, nor are we powerless. We may be facing a Goliath in our lives, but we remember that we possess the five smooth spiritual stones of victory. Prayer; fellowship; worship; service; and thankfulness. This is the substance of our weapons against the dark spiritual principalities and powers that would seek to destroy us. Coming together with a common purpose on a weekly basis we are given an opportunity to ask for His protection for the lost, for our families, communities and our nation.

 
 

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